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  • American Folklore - 1,062 words
    During the work of this project our group realized the importance of the individual players within this large production known as the Little 500. There was much to be learned from these riders of the Acacia team and how they perceived their training and performance in this esteemed competition. By interviewing one involved in the procedure much can be extracted into terms of form, function, meaning, event and context. Although it seems to be rather difficult at times to understand the importance of some of these within the transcription, there has been a straining effort in order to come to the requested conclusions below. For our research on the fraternity Acacia's representing team in the ...
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  • Folklore And Stephen Vincent Benet - 1,067 words
    In 1898, Stephen Vincent Benet was born into a military family in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He had an older brother and one sister, all of who became well known authors of the 20th century. As Stephen grew up he constantly heard folktales that had been passed down from generation to generation, and as he began to write books, his great knowledge of folklore becomes evident. In the story, The Devil and Daniel Webster, Benet writes a classic short story about how a normal human could soften the hearts of not only 12 of the most ruthless and heartless criminals in the history of the USA, but also the heart of the Devil himself. The elements that classify it as a folk lore is the fact that it is ...
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  • Hemingways Man - 1,451 words
    Hemingway's exploration of Man in The Sun Also Rises 'It's really an awfully simple operation, Jig,' the man said. 'It's not really an operation at all.' Much of Hemingway's body of work grows from issues of male morality. In his concise, "Hills Like White Elephants," a couple discusses getting an abortion while waiting for a train in a Spanish rail station bar. Years before Roe v. Wade, before the issues of abortion rights, mothers' rights, and unborn children's rights splashed across the American mass consciousness, Ernest Hemingway assessed the effects of abortion on a relationship, and, more specifically, he examined a man's role in determining the necessity of the procedure and its impa ...
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  • Time In Wilderian Works - 1,761 words
    According to Hall the experience of time "varies in detail from class to class, by occupation, and sex and age within our own culture". (Hall, 1984: 133) Thus its perception is highly subjective. While some people may experience time as running very fast at the same time others can feel it drag. Time escapes definitions though the passage of time can be felt in human personal experience and observed in the environment. Strange as it as, people are aware of time at the same time not being able to say what it really is. St. Augustine is no exception when he once said: "What then, is time? If no one asks me, I know what it is. If I wish to explain it to him who asks me, I do not know." Time is ...
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  • The Epic Traditon In Gosta Berling Saga - 1,214 words
    The epic tradition in Gsta Berlings Saga. Having been born and bred in Vrmland, Selma Lagerlf is conversant with the peasant culture and its folklore. In Gsta Berlings Saga, she is primary occupied with a provincial type and investigates deeply into the spirit of the folk-life of Vrmland. It took her ten years before her work was achieved. There were circumstances, which motivated its conception; the sale of her childhoods home Mrbacka emphasized her will to preserve the tales she was told about the Vrmland. Using the cavaliers story at Ekeby, she underlines the importance of work, love and morality. Because of its style, its relationship to the Icelandic saga, its proximity to the primitiv ...
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  • George Orwell - 1,486 words
    Imaginative Characteristics in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Washington Irving was a well-known American author who lived in the early nineteenth century . As a child he enjoyed spending his time reading, mostly romance and travel books. This led to the critical development of the styles that he used in his stories. These styles were most noticeable through his use of setting, characters, and inventing with his own imagination. It was through these aspects that he best conveyed his thoughts about the American spirit. Irving portrayed the spirit of overcoming fears in such an elaborate and sinister way that he really had an effect on people's lives. He also portrayed the spirit of living life ...
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  • A Historiography Of - 2,564 words
    The tales of the Arthurian legend are some of the most popular from medieval times, and the reason for this is primarily due to their fabulous nature. In them are the exploits of heroes and the machinations of villains, the workings of sorcerers and the existence of magical objects. They embody the noble themes of chivalry and sacrifice, as well as those of revenge and evil. Action, violence, and sex are all included, and as shall be seen, there are many religious connotations as well. There are probably few people who are not familiar with the Quest for the Holy Grail, even if it is from exposure to the movie by Monty Python. The tales as most people know them, however, are the end result o ...
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  • Human Suffering In Ancient Civilization - 1,298 words
    Human Suffering in Ancient Civilizations Suffering is a facet of life that all cultures must learn to deal with. Whether it is religion or mythology, humans must find a way to explain suffering and more importantly, death. Death is the single most unifying aspect of all cultures after all, it doesnt discriminate. Ancient civilizations such as the Babylonians, Hebrews, and Greeks all had different mythology to explain the reasons behind suffering and death, but all of it is fundamentally the same. When life seems too harsh and unhappy, society will create a way to welcome death. This is true throughout the entire history of civilization, even today. However, in ancient times, it was much eas ...
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  • None Provided - 1,759 words
    In the formative era of Chinese civilization as early as the first millennium b.c. the Chinese thought of the world as all the regions of the heavens, and within the four seas. They called it Tianxia, which literally means under heaven. Because this was a universal term, with an undertanding of the inhabited world known to the Chinese at the time, it implicitly meant All Under Heaven. Tianxia was first of the entire physical world, the arena in which human history was acted out (The Chinese World). China is a very large and beautiful country. It is full of history and culture. Even so, China has grown slowly and unevenly to its present size. This is due to the fact that all the components th ...
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  • Harlem Renissance - 421 words
    The Writers of the Harlem Renaissance Throughout my research of the Harlem Renaissance I learned many things I previously didn't know. One aspect of the Harlem RENAISSANCE that I researched was the author Zora Neale Hurston, and her contributions to the period. I learned much about the black influence on writing while doing this project. The Harlem Renaissance took place between the years of 1916 and 1940. During this time there occurred to be an artistic and intellectual revolution in "Back America". It said to be driven by political and economic circumstances in the United States. That what the Harlem Renissance was based on many influential blacks showing their talents and speaking out ab ...
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  • Cystic Fibrosis - 1,216 words
    According to old northern European folklore, a child that tasted salty when kissed upon the forehead was bewitched and would soon die. Today we know the reason -the genetic disease, cystic fibrosis or CF. It is a chronic, progressive disease and the most common, fatal inherited disorder in the United States. About 30,000 Americans suffer from cystic fibrosis, and 2500 babies are born in the U.S. with the disease each year. While all races and ethnic groups may suffer from the disease, it occurs most often in whites whose ancestors came from northern Europe. About 1 in every 20 Americans is an unaffected carrier of the disease because they have one abnormal CF gene. Patients with CF produce a ...
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  • Edward Gein - 811 words
    Ed Gein was born at the turn of the century into the small farming community of Plainfield, Wisconsin. Gein lived on his family homestead with a weak, ineffectual brother and domineering mother who taught him from an early age that sex was a sinful thing. Eddie ran the family's 160-acre farm on the outskirts of Plainfield until his brother Henry died in 1944 and his mother in 1945. When she died her son was a thirty-nine-year-old bachelor, still emotionally enslaved to the woman who had tyrannized his life. The rest of the house, however, soon degenerated into a madman's shambles. "Weird old Eddie", as the local community knew him, began to develop a deeply unhealthy interest in the intimate ...
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  • The Fall Is Going - 2,463 words
    Speak what we feel, not what we ought to say. -- Edgar If you are a student assigned to read or see King Lear, or an adult approaching it for the first time, your experience will be special. These If there was ever a historical King Lear, his memory has faded into mythology. Llyr and his son Manannan are Celtic ocean-gods; Manannan reappeared in Yeats's plays and the "Dungeons and Dragons" games. The "children of Lir / Llyr" were transformed into Legend remembered Lear as a pre-Christian warrior king in what is now southwest England. This area now includes Cornwall (origin of cornish game hens.) In the old story, Lear asked his three daughters whether they loved him. Two claimed to do so ext ...
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  • The Fall Is Going - 2,455 words
    ... ssigned to read or see King Lear, or an adult approaching it for the first time, your experience will be special. These notes will help you get started. If there was ever a historical King Lear, his memory has faded into mythology. Llyr and his son Manannan are Celtic ocean-gods; Manannan reappeared in Yeats's plays and the "Dungeons and Dragons" games. The "children of Lir / Llyr" were transformed into waterbirds in another Celtic myth. Legend remembered Lear as a pre-Christian warrior king in what is now southwest England. This area now includes Cornwall (origin of cornish game hens.) In the old story, Lear asked his three daughters whether they loved him. Two claimed to do so extravag ...
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  • Analysis On Sir Gawain - 803 words
    As with so many stories written in the Middle Ages Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is filled with wonders, magic and knightly pursuit of fame and nobility. It combines folklore and romance as does, according to The Norton Anthology, no other known work. The character of the Green Knight fascinates and amuses. Most people would not think of it as an Arthurian-time creature. The Green Man in fact, is a part of an ancient folklore where the beheading of a green man would assure the return of spring next year. The passage that I am discussing takes place almost a year after the Green Knight has visited King Arthur's court to challenge the court. He has specifically challenged Sir Gawain who step ...
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  • Racial Undertones In Brer Rabbit - 539 words
    Among the finest of America's humorists and Southern local-color writers, Joel Chandler Harris, b. Eatonton, Ga., Dec. 9, 1848, d. July 3, 1908, did much to popularize American Negro plantation culture. His most memorable creation, "Negro Folklore: The Story of Mr. Rabbit and Mr. Fox, as Told by Uncle Remus," first appeared in the Atlanta Constitution on July 20, 1879. The popularity of the story led him to publish the collection Uncle Remus, His Songs and Sayings (1880). In the 1880s Harris began to publish whimsical, imaginative stories that accurately reproduced local black folktales in authentic language. The stories centered on the character of Uncle Remus, a former slave who is the ser ...
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  • Is Star Wars A Modern Day Fairytale - 1,127 words
    Is Star Wars a Modern Day Fairy Tale? The Star Wars trilogy has been labeled as a groundbreaking science fiction, space opera, and swashbuckling adventure. But it is hardly ever recognized for what it truly is, a fairy tale. At first thought, it is difficult to acknowledge Star Wars as a fairy tale because of its label as a Science Fiction movie. One reason for this is the great special effects and technology that are exhibited throughout the movie, but the expanded Star Wars story seems to teach that technology is not essential for power. For example, the little Ewoks in Return of the Jedi managed to overpower the Imperial forces, in spite of the fact that they used wooden objects against g ...
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  • Supersitions In The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn - 1,284 words
    James 1 Supersitions in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn People by their own nature are superstitious and terrified of things, objects, and events they do not understand. The South, more prodominately evident in supersition than anyplace in the United States. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn identifiable elements of supersition gives this novel its flavor as they serve complex purposes (Cohen 854). Samuel Clemmings, better known as Mark Twain, which he grew up in the South was able to draw conclusions and familiarty with supersitions in writing The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Twain uses his great knowledge of folklore, supersition, and myth through two main characters, Huckleberry Fi ...
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  • The Supersitions In The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn - 1,283 words
    James 1 Supersitions in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn People by their own nature are superstitious and terrified of things, objects, and events they do not understand. The South, more prodominately evident in supersition than anyplace in the United States. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn identifiable elements of supersition gives this novel its flavor as they serve complex purposes (Cohen 854). Samuel Clemmings, better known as Mark Twain, which he grew up in the South was able to draw conclusions and familiarty with supersitions in writing The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Twain uses his great knowledge of folklore, supersition, and myth through two main characters, Huckleberry Fi ...
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  • Incas - 844 words
    The Inca were originally a small warlike tribe inhabiting the south highland region of the Cordillera Central in Peru. In about 1100AD they began to move into the valley of Cuzco, where, for roughly the next 300 years, they raided and imposed tribute on neighboring civilizations. Until the middle of the 15th century, the Inca undertook no major imperialistic expansion, their farthest advance prior to this time was southward about 32 km (about 20 mi.) from Cuzco in the reign of the sixth ruler, Inca Roca. The word Inca actually means "king" or "prince" in the Inca's native language - Quechua. The term Inca was actually a name applied by the Spanish to the Quechuan-speaking Native American peo ...
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