Documentary Review - 618 words
The documentary I watched is about Thaipusam festival. I watched it on National Geographic Channel and was amazed to discover the meaning, the process and the traditions and practices of Thaipusam. It was interesting to watch the procession yet at the same time learn more about it in detail. Every January/February, depending upon the lunar month - on a full-moon day in the Tamil month of Thai, the Hindus will celebrate Thaipusam in honour of their Hindu God, Lord Subramaniam (sometimes referred to as Lord Murugan) who is a son of the Hindu God Shiva. He is believed to represent virtue, youth and power. As mentioned in the documentary, Thaipusam is celebrated in Singapore and also in Malaysia ...
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Storytelling Lost To The Documentary - 1,624 words
In this world there exists something that we all have in common and upon which the success of our entire civilization rests. It is the almost magical way in which we communicate and understand each other. Simply said, it is storytelling. Storytelling is a very cool, in media terms, interactive experience between a teller and a listener. In a sense, many mediums such as novels and television, while they contain stories, are not seen in the same light as 'storytelling' which permits live storytellers the opportunity to morph and change their stories based on the reactions of story listeners. Most of us recognize story in every facet of life. The American writer and psychiatrist Robert Coles ex ...
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Alexander Hamilton - 1,444 words
Alexander Hamilton was born as a British subject on the island of Nevis in the West Indies on the 11th of January 1755. His father was James Hamilton, a Scottish merchant of St. Christopher. His grandfather was Alexander Hamilton, of Grange, Lanarkshire. One of his great grandfathers was Sir R. Pollock, the Laird of Cambuskeith. Hamilton's mother was Rachael Fawcette Levine, of French Huguenot descent. When she was very young, she married a Danish proprietor of St. Croix named John Michael Levine. Ms. Levine left her husband and was later divorced from him on June 25, 1759. Under Danish law, the (the court ordering the divorce) Ms. Levine was forbidden from remarrying. Thus, Hamilton's birth ...
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Criticism Bridge At Andau - 355 words
The Bridge at Andau was written in the mid 1950's by James A. Michener. This is a documentary on the account of Hungary's people and the communist influence from Russia. Although the people of Hungary lost in their fights with the ADO and the Russians, they showed us how determination and the will to survive can overcome even the strongest evil. It is a shame that they didn't overcome all int he end. Michener did an excellent job in preserving and recording the account of the Hungarian people as they were mistreated, abused, and murdered by the Russians. The torture and abuse that is described is simply unbelievable. Communism surely is a terrible governmental system. Michener's extremely gr ...
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Crisis Management - 1,458 words
THE CUBAN MISSILE CRISIS - A Model of Crisis Management? A Biblical proverb says, "by wise guidance, and in the abundance of counselors, there is victory." 1 It is obviously believed by many leaders, especially when faced with situations or problems that demand expedient, careful, thorough analysis and thought to aid the decision-making process and render the appropriate response or solution. This style of crisis management has been a recurring theme with American leaders and our presidents when faced with crises. In 1962, President Kennedy, also followed suit by establishing the ExCOM group to garner advice and counsel, formulate plans, and devise the appropriate response to learning about ...
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American Dominance In Works By Ken Kesey - 1,008 words
... he river, and makes his life frustrating and challenging. Throughout the book, the river is always Hank's potential enemy. He is constantly checking the bank to see how much the water had risen. "...Hank was worried that the boats might be swept loose from their moorings, as they had been last year,...Before going to bed, he put on rubber boots over his pajamas and pulled on a poncho and went out with a lantern to check....Hank noted the water's height on the marker at the dock--black water swirling at the number five; five feet, then, above the normal high tide mark..." (105-106) Hank is constantly haunted by paranoia about the river rising and destroying his belongings. This is his ong ...
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Evaluation Of Shooting An Elephant - 1,383 words
The story that my evaluation will be based on is Shooting an Elephant written in 1936. The author George Orwell was born in 1903 in India to a British officer raised in England. He attended Eton College, which introduced him to Englands middle and upper classes. He was denied a scholarship, which led him to become a police officer for the Indian Imperial in 1922. He served in Burma until resigning in 1927 due to the lack of respect for the justice of British Imperialism in Burma and India. He was now determined to become a writer, so at the brink of poverty he began to pay close attention to social outcasts and laborers. This led him to write Down and Out in Paris and London (1933) during th ...
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Down And Out In Paris And London - 721 words
Down And Out In Paris And London Summary Down and Out in Paris and London is a documentary of the life of lower class people in Paris and London. Orwell shows the social conditions of the so-called plongeurs (they are cheap and unqualified workers in restaurants, hotels etc.) in Paris, and of the tramps in London. By joining these people, and living amongst them, Orwell generates a very realistic view. It was even more than that, Orwell wasn't only living amongst them for these months, he was even one of them. The book consists of 38 chapters. The first 25 chapters are about Orwell's experience as a plongeur in Paris, and the last chapters describe his experience as a tramp in England. Orwel ...
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Planet Earth Fate Of The Earth - 701 words
Planet Earth: Fate of The Earth was a powerful, informative, and inspirational documentary. The narrator, Richard Kiley, progressed through many points about our precious earth including her beginnings, her slow deterioration by man as well as other factors, and theories as to her what could be her end. The beginning images of earth, approximately four million years ago, can be described a barren yet fertile land with the prospect for life to flourish. Prehistoric volcanoes exploded with gases and lava, that created the crust of our land. Eventually the gases cooled and it began to rain, eventually forming the oceans that is the birthplace of life. Biologist Prof. Deemer believes that seasho ...
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What Really Happened - 1,660 words
When someone views this picture for the first time there is usually a feeling of shock at what they see. This feeling is clearly understandable if you are just shown the picture by itself with no caption or background information. It is the lack of facts and truths that have caused this very photograph to be the center of so much controversy and debate. When this photo was taken from a video clip filmed at the bombing of Trang Bang in June of 1972 the correct version of the story was reported. Since then and in other journalist's stories the truth has become distorted over time and this photo has become an icon for the anti-war movement. Although this photo actually had very little impact on ...
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Movie Review Twister Blows Away Reality - 1,205 words
Movie Review: Twister blows away reality A storm chaser's dream come true is to get close enough to a mile-wide tornado to shoot unique video of nature's extreme fury. Maybe even take some close-up measurements of the storm's surroundings, if the situation warrants. But never will a chase team be caught racing into the middle of a cornfield toward the heart of a whirling funnel, no matter what the prize. Yet that's exactly what Twister actors Bill Paxton and Helen Hunt do as "professional" storm chasers in the debut movie of the 1996 summer season. In reality, storm chasers consider dirt roads, let alone fields of dirt, to be death traps as heavy rain can instantly turn them into axle-deep m ...
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A Comparison Of Early American Texts - 1,093 words
A Comparison of Early American Texts When the Europeans first came to the Americas in the late 15th - early 16th century, they brought with them a distinctive style of literature that was a complete contrast to the Native Americans who inhabited the land. The Europeans system of literature was based on writing, which was a technique unheard of by the Native Americans, whose system of literature was based on oral traditions since they did not use alphabetic writing. Despite this variance in styles, both European and Native American literature constructs a definite description of an authors personality. I plan to present how the texts of Christopher Columbus, Bartolome de Las Casas, Felipe Gua ...
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The Mystery Of Tut - 1,461 words
Nebkheprune Tutankhamen is probably the most famous pharaoh in ancient Egyptian history, although not the most important. He lived a very short life, from 1503 to 1482 BCE to be exact. He was the ruler by the time he had turned nine years of age. Nobody really knows that much about him because he lived to only be around eighteen years old. Only because of an archaeologist by the name of Howard Carter who discovered Tutankhamens tomb on February 12, 1924 do we even have concrete proof that he even existed (Desroches-Noblecourt 7). One gigantic mystery about Tutankhamens life, is his death. More than 3,000 years after the death of King Tutankhamen, questions are still being asked about how he ...
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The Misunderstood - 4,125 words
Sadly, modern Americans seem to have done a better job preserving what Thomas Jefferson has left us in bricks and mortar than we have preserving his ideas. Tourists visiting Charlottesville, Virginia, can witness firsthand the ongoing efforts to preserve Jefferson's home at Monticello as well as his splendid little "Academical Village," the Lawn, which is still a vital center of student life at the University of Virginia. Further down the road, near Lynchburg, Virginia, preservationists have begun restoring Poplar Forest, Jefferson's retreat home. Scholars have been less successful in keeping alive his philosophy, particularly his ideas about government -- despite the copious record he left ...
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Why Sethes Children Arent Hers - 673 words
"It is the ultimate gesture of a loving mother. It is the outrageous claim of a slave". These are the words that Toni Morrison used to describe the actions of the central character within the novel, Beloved. That character, Sethe, is presented as a former slave woman who chooses to kill her baby girl rather than allowing her to be exposed to the physically, emotionally, and spiritually oppressive horrors of a life spent in slavery. Sethe's action is indisputable: She has killed her child. Sethe's motivation is not so clearly defined. By killing her "Beloved" child, has Sethe acted out of true love or selfish pride? The fact that Sethe's act is irrational can easily be decided upon. Does Seth ...
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The Lost Years 15861592 - 3,032 words
There is no documentary record of Shakespeare's activities from the birth of the twins, in 1585 until Robert Greene's complaint about him as an "upstart crow" in 1592. Biographers have therefore called these the lost years. In fact, there is nothing certain known about him from his birth in 1564 until 1592 except that he was married in 1582, fathered Susanna in 1583 and the twins Judith and Hamnet in 1585, and probably attended Stratford Grammar School. The lack of details has not stopped authors from inventing tales as to how Shakespeare got from Stratford, a young husband needing a way to support his growing family, to London as the man to be reckoned with in the entertainment business. A ...
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The Lost Years 15861592 - 3,004 words
... ncially and made investments in his native Stratford, assembling a comfortable life and a solid estate. Finally in 1599, he became part owner in the most prestigious public playhouse in London, the Globe. The Works. Shakespeare's early works, to mid-1594, can be divided into four groups: 1. The Classical plays: his first works which were heavily influenced by the classical examples he had learned as a student. Plautus served as the model for The Comedy of Errors, Seneca for Titus Andronicus. Both crude works when compared with Shakespeare's later work, but better than most plays being performed on the English stage at the time. 2. The History plays: where Shakespeare took the rough mater ...
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Marijuna - 1,316 words
Marijuana, the crude drug made from the leaves and flowering tops of the cannabis sativa plant, contains hundreds of active chemicals. Of the 421 chemicals identified in the plant, 70 are cannabinoids (chemicals found only in the marijuana plant and nowhere else in nature). Cannabinoids are stored in the fat parts of cell membranes for long periods of time and interfere with normal cell functioning. Since the 70 annabinoids are fat-soluble, they build up or accumulate in body tissue. Three to seven days after using marijuana, a 50 percent level of biochemical activity will remain in the cells. It takes the body 20 to 30 days to metabolize or wash out the chemicals from the marijuana. Some cl ...
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Norma Rae - 664 words
It is easy to see why the film, Norma Rae, received great praise at the time of its making. Sally Field gives a heartwrenching performance, providing a realistic portrayal of the shockingly oppressive working climate of the blue-collar worker. This is an older movie, thus sustaining the elements of the 'Hollywoodism' that are prominent now to a minimum. Nevertheless, the director successfully portrayed reality through exhibition of a certain culture, language, gender roling and other imminent aspects of life. This movie is not a thriller or an action packed flick, which would make it a Blockbuster hit now, but instead a great unfolding story with fantastic character development and acting. N ...
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The V Chip - 1,359 words
... rogramming. He also pointed out that a network loses anywhere from $250,000 to $1 million every time it airs a movie with a viewer discretion advisory. He was also quoted "It is not the role of network television to program for the children of America.... Televisions obligation is not (to be) the nation's baby-sitter." Barry Diller who was quoted by Frank Rich of the New York Times does not support this view that television has no public service responsibility. Diller thinks the V-Chip is a "genuinely dumbbell idea." But Diller believes that broadcasters will make a real, long-term commitment to public interest TV only if forced to do so as part of a trade-off for the "spectrum"-the addi ...
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