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Tale From Childhood the Blazing Term Paper

Term Paper  |  2 pages (762 words)
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The commotion around her, blender and hyperactive kids included, does not seem to bother her. She fields our questions and listens to our stories about the water balloon fight with genuine interest, even as she munches on some chips herself.

I leave my bathing suit on because I have a feeling that we will be playing more games after lunch. The smell of barbeque is overwhelming now and my stomach grumbles. Grabbing a seat at the table outside, I eagerly pour myself a glass of lemonade with a bunch of my friends. My dad starts to bring over plate after plate of goodies, asking who wants a burger and who wants a hot dog. Several of us say we want both. As the table fills up with the remainder of the party, my mom begins to bring out the chips and dip and takes a seat at the table too. The tablecloth is made out of plastic and when anything spills on it, it sits there in a glob instead of sinking in like it would with cloth.

The decibel level of our conversations drops significantly as we munch down our lunches. The sun is lower in the sky now, offering us a bit of respite from the heat of the day. As we polish off what's on our plates, some of the kids boldly asking for seconds, my mom heads inside. A few minutes later she emerges from the back door of our house, carrying a huge cake. It's rectangular in shape, a standard birthday cake with bright white frosting and my name in red letters. The eight candles flicker as the crowd sings "Happy Birthday." Most of my friends join in on the spoof version of the song about smelling like a monkey and looking like one too. As everyone laughs, I close my eyes and make a serious wish. Inhaling deeply, I open my eyes and blow fiercely, managing to put all the candles out in one go. I know that my wish will come true; I feel too good today to have anything go wrong. My mom hands me the cake-cutting knife and I gently slice the cake for everyone, feeling very grown up as I do…… [read more]

Grant Deed Transfers Ownership Term Paper

Term Paper  |  2 pages (501 words)
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By referring to the applicable grid, the township number and the range number for the property can be identified. The range number identifies how many grid cells the property is to the east or west of a starting point. The township number identifies how many cells the property is to north or south of a starting point. Each parcel of land identified by a township and range number is further divided into sections. The cells are numbered "boustrophedonically," or "as the cow plows," which means that the numbers wrap around in an "S" shape -- the original surveyors found it easier to apply the numbering system in this manner. Sections are further divided into half sections and quarter sections in order to identify parcels of land that are smaller than an entire section. Quarter sections can be divided further into two parts or four parts. A quarter section that has been divided into four parts is called a quarter-quarter section.

A parcel's legal description is unique. In fact, some attorneys decline to correct typographical errors in legal descriptions if the same errors have been in the legal description for years. This is because, as title to a piece of real estate is transferred from one owner to the next, the legal description follows along attached to the deed. A correction in a typo might create confusion as to the identity of the…… [read more]

Dramatic Literature in August Strindberg Term Paper

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The prominence of the door in the rear, the door that leads outside, suggests the degree to which the kitchen itself is a gateway into the house and for some out of the house. Julie ends the play by walking out through that door. Jean opens the play by entering through that door, carrying the riding boots. The door and… [read more]

Winter Scene it Is Nighttime Term Paper

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When the front door opens and a guest enters the house, they stomp the snow off in the entryway and remove layers of scarves and clothing. This is another signal that the cold winter has taken hold. The family, rather than fight its arrival, seems to have embraced it with their clothing, their beverage and their fireplace. In the distance, a falling limb snaps from a tree and as one glances in the direction of the sound, one sees the snow flurry to the ground as the limb touches bottom. Just then a dog is let out of the house to do its business and it gingerly tiptoes on the cold crunchy snow to locate the area he remembered from fall. It is gone, and with a look of confusion, the dog chooses a new area, leaving his calling card on the pure white snow. Rushing back to the house the door opens and he can be seen resting by the fire to melt the snow that has encased his paws.

Standing at the road and observing this winter scene brings a feeling of warmth even in the below freezing temperature. The icicles hang from the front of the house, and glisten from the reflection of the snow. The family is warm and safe inside and as one crunches along on the snow covered road, winter is as beautiful…… [read more]

Vacant and Eye-Like Windows Term Paper

Term Paper  |  3 pages (996 words)
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When confronted with the seemingly supernatural haze surrounding the house, the narrator dismisses it as a scientific phenomenon, a natural weather pattern. The conflict brews within the narrator, a conflict that escapes Roderick. While Roderick only sees gruesome and morose meaning in his surroundings, the narrator tries to shed some scientific knowledge on the house of Usher. When Madeline reappears following her potentially premature burial, the narrator flees in earnest fear, realizing that the veil between the real and unreal grew oppressively thin. When the house itself fractures at the fissure witnessed earlier, the narrator breathes relief that he escaped the horrific fate of the Usher clan.

The narrator's interaction with Roderick reaffirms his burgeoning depression and curiosity, which come more and more into conflict with his struggling scientific mind. The narrator knows that the house could influence his friend's and his own mood. But the narrator still struggles with Roderick's insistence that supernatural forces control his destiny. With reason and sensibility, the narrator attempts to dissuade Roderick from attributing his illness solely to superstition. But when he can't sleep and the house increasingly haunts him, the narrator cannot help but succumb to the horrific atmosphere. When he plays music to assuage the gloomy mood, the narrator attempts to cover up or even to suppress the Gothic nature of what unfolds before him. The atmosphere of the house commingles with the narrator's fluctuating and fearsome mood.

Throughout the narrative, subjective observations mix with objective analysis. The narrator struggles to maintain sanity in the face of both his friend's sickness and the house's. The house serves as a looming and large reminder of death and illness. Although the narrator knows that the house is not haunted in the classical sense, he cannot help but be influenced by Roderick's insistent belief in the occult. Even before he reunites with his childhood friend, the narrator assumes the role of the rationalist. This Gothic interplay between the real and the surreal pervades the narrator. This conflict is symbolized by the house, which though it falls apart with age, nevertheless possesses a solid foundation. Likewise, the narrator assumes that although Roderick is the last male heir of the Usher estate, his family remains important.

The interaction between the narrator and Roderick embodies the conflict between science and superstition, just as the House of Usher personifies the dilapidated Usher family. A stunning symbol, the House of Usher falls simultaneously with its last progeny. Both the narrator and Roderick feed off the house's sickness, but the Usher heir especially inherits mental and physical disease paralleling the house's crumbling walls. Madeline proves to be both victim and antagonist when her ghastly resurrection renders the setting even more morbid. Fleeing the House of Usher, the narrator feels the full wrath of the supernatural forces that tore at his friend's soul. More than anything, symbolism exacerbates the Gothic nature of Poe's "The Fall of the House…… [read more]

Schock vs. Rondeross Term Paper

Term Paper  |  1 pages (328 words)
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If the goods were damaged or destroyed without the fault of either party before the risk of loss agreement has passed then the contract is avoided. However in the case of Schock vs. Rondeross, the goods were identified after the risk of loss were passed to the buyers. Hence, Schock does not have any claim to the damages except to bear them. But, here the buyer kept the goods at the seller's place so with the understanding that he would claim it after one week. When the wind destroyed his mobile house, it was in the possession of the "third party." But, since there was no FOB agreement between the parties, Rondeross will win the case based on the fact that there was no agreement of shipment or taking care of the mobile home.

Hence, in the case of Schock vs. Rondeross, Rondeross is justified to win.

Chapter 26, Passage of Title and Risk of Loss: Rights…… [read more]

Cathedral, a Story by Raymond Term Paper

Term Paper  |  1 pages (432 words)
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Further, Cathedral is written in what may be considered an almost minimalist style. There are no long, flowery descriptions. Instead, descriptions of the characters and settings are clean and crisp. The result is a story that reveals its characters and themes deeply and clearly.

The theme of the story, despite the minimalist and austere style, is uplifting and positive. At the end, the prejudiced husband's superficial thinking is changed by the blind man's touch. He becomes more empathetic and forgiving, and sets aside his prejudice. Thus, one of the themes of The Cathedral is that prejudice can be healed by simple human contact, and by love.

Perhaps in a broader sense, though, the theme of The Cathedral is that simple human interaction can give us a sense of community. The narrator has an isolated and prejudiced existence before the blind man appears. When he meets a blind man who challenges his stereotyped idea of the blind, it makes the narrator begin to see that there is a larger world outside of his narrow view. At the end of The Cathedral, the narrator is able to recognize our common humanity and community.

Works Cited

Carver, R. The Cathedral. In: Cathedral: Stories. New…… [read more]

I Term Paper

Term Paper  |  3 pages (1,343 words)
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I could conduct all my research on Saturday and then type all day Sunday. I could also just go one paper at a time in the order of the classes I had that week. I would do Monday?s paper first while saving my late Thursday class? paper for last. I had options when it seemed at first like options were the last thing I had in my arsenal.
As I approached my friend?s doorstep I just could not shake the responsibility of having all this work in front of me for the upcoming weekend. It was true that I?d have to struggle for a few weeks and my social life might have to be curbed for a while, but the time frame worked out. I just kept repeating to myself that the time frame worked out. But then it all came to me. The one thought that came into my mind that changed my work ethic incredibly from that point on: what if something went wrong? It sounds like a fundamental point to think of when it comes to something as important as schoolwork and term papers, but in my moment of duress it had not occurred to me that something in my grand plan might go wrong. What if I was unable to find the information I needed to find? What if I had to make an unscheduled trip to the library? What if I was sidetracked by some other unforeseen occurrence during the week? This epiphany caused me to reconsider my initial plan and, much to the chagrin of my closest friends, return to my schoolwork to take care of the task at hand.
That night I did not sleep. I returned home to my mountain of work and became possessed. Not only did I feel the need to complete my work , but I felt the need to complete it on a level that I had never reached before. I tasted the satisfaction of a job well done, of conquering insurmountable odds, before I had even begun and it tasted sweet. I knew the sense of accomplishment I would feel would justify the hard work I had put into my papers and homework.
I finished my work that weekend with some minor distractions and diversions. I finished it beyond the requirements laid out by my professors and I was proud of it. Not only was I proud of the work I had done but I was proud that I had learned what my professors had intended for me to learn. Up to this point in my collegiate career this has been the one event which has shaped the way I look at work and time management. While procrastination may be a trait which runs in most humans, including myself, I had never let myself get as far behind as I did that weekend. By leaving my friend?s house that Friday night to return home to a research marathon I accomplished the work at hand and also gave… [read more]