Kindred - 439 words
Kindred was the very first book by Octavia Butler that I read. Unlike many science-fiction writers, she spends no time discussing the dynamics of time travel, which for a tale of this emotional magnitude, is a good thing. Kindred is hard book to read and it leaves you with so many questions; I have never looked at history in quite the same way. That is the hallmark of good writing, when it leaves you with much to think about. Also, Octavia Butler was the only black woman writing science fiction at the time, and so she became a role model to me. I don't normally enjoy science fiction novels, but this story was a major exception due to the fact that it was so interesting and I was really intri ...
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Kindred - 598 words
Dana and Rufus might look like friends from the outside, but Danas feelings for him are quite different from what we think of them. To begin with Dana sees Rufus as a child needing or relying upon her protection. For instance, when Dana saved him from drowning in the river. Secondly, she views him as a man of his time. In another words Rufuss personality is the way that any other man would have been in that period of time towards his slaves. Lastly, he is a ruthless and vicious slaveholder, which Tom Weylins fault. Just as Toms behaviour on the slaves and on his son. Finally, I will explain in more details how Danas feelings for Rufus are in the following paragraphs. As a child Rufus started ...
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Analysis Of Octavia Butler's "kindred" - 402 words
In Octavia Butler's Kindred, Dana unfortunately discovers the significant similarities between her trusted husband, Kevin, and her corrupted ancestor, Rufus. Both Rufus and Kevin have the privilege of being white males, which is to their advantage in slave times. Also, both Kevin and Rufus appear to share a bond with Dana. Both men care for her and want the best for her. Both Rufus and Kevin were white males. This worked to their advantage because white males have the most power in slavery times. This also helps Dana because Kevin acts as her master and she is safe. The downfall of this was that, in acting as her master, Kevin is sometimes forced to treat Dana in ways he would not normally t ...
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Its All In The Blood - 1,171 words
Finding a dead body on the edge of the lake first thing in the morning wasn't my Actually, it wasn't how I started my day. First, I had rolled out of bed, then I had a glass of orange juice, and followed that with donning my jogging suit, the thickest pair of socks I owned, my beat-up old tennies and my girl hat as my ex-boyfriend liked to call my knit cap decorated with tassels and cute little flowers. I had opened the door of my cottage prepared to brace myself against one of the coldest winter storms Lake Tahoe had ever experienced because like it or not, I had to jog or I didn't function through the day and had been shocked by the incredibly still air...until I closed the door and ste ...
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Beowulf Vs Everyman - 1,113 words
The plays Beowulf and Everyman are two plays that were written to tell great stories and dictate morality to the readers. Each of the two poems tells a story with many examples of religion very evident in them. Stories from early times like these tell historians about the history of the people of the storys original land. In these cases historians are able to tell the approximate dates of the literature by references made by the author and the style of writing. For example, in Beowulf there are signs that Christianity has influenced the author of the poem. By reading the poem you see that there are many instances where the writer refers to God and religion finding that Christianity has alrea ...
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Heart - 1,864 words
Every man, or woman --to be politically and socially acceptable-- has buried, within himself, beneath centuries of societal norms and restrictions, a dark side, a savage side. When a man is taken out of society, and left to create his own norms, he must rediscover those primordial instincts which have sustained his species since the beginning of its existence. Survival of the fittest, physically and intellectually, cliqued as it may be, is the foundation of these archaic yet prevalent instincts. Persons who dominate one or many through mental or physical prowess develop a sense of superiority. This feeling, if fostered by the environment, and intensified to the extreme, produces a sense of h ...
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Holocaust The Destruction Process - 1,012 words
During the period from the early 1930's to the mid 40's, the Jews in Germany, Poland, and throughout Europe faced intense discrimination from the Nazis. Starting with boycotts and pogroms, the Nazis proceeded to institute legislation against the Jews with the Nuremberg Laws. Institution of ghettos began in the late 1930's. A climate of hostility against Jews had been methodically and relentlessly established. The Holocaust was a systematic destruction process, which, in a very rational, bureaucratic and almost scientific fashion, developed the way for expropriation of property, suppression of rights, and ultimately for extermination camps. From a legal point of view, the first years of the N ...
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Civil Disobedience - 4,702 words
... he revolution is accomplished. But even suppose blood shed when the conscience is wounded? Through this wound a mans real manhood and immortality flow out, and he bleeds to an everlasting death. I see this blood flowing now.  I have contemplated the imprisonment of the offender, rather than the seizure of his goodsthough both will serve the same purposebecause they who assert the purest right, and consequently are most dangerous to a corrupt State, commonly have not spent much time in accumulating property. To such the State renders comparatively small service, and a slight tax is wont to appear exorbitant, particularly if they are obliged to earn it by special labor with their hands ...
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Immigration Of The Eastern Dragons - 1,691 words
The latter half of the nineteenth century was an important period in Chinese American history. The story of their migration from their homeland to America to seek riches with their combined strength, knowledge and skills changed the face of Hawaii and the American West. Unfortunately, this dynamic period also saw the rise of racism and paranoia over Chinese competition for jobs. Chinese immigration to the United States in the mid-nineteenth century was only a part of a greater exodus from Southeastern China. By this period in China, the Manchu dynasty was on the decline. Corruption and oppression were on the rise. The taxes of land rights increased causing grief and discontent among the popu ...
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Declaration Of Independence - 1,305 words
(Adopted in Congress July 4, 1776) The Unanimous Declaration of the Thirteen United States of America When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bonds which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pu ...
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How To Be A Hacker - 2,126 words
As editor of the Jargon File, I often get email requests from enthusiastic network newbies asking (in effect) "how can I learn to be a wizard hacker?". Oddly enough there don't seem to be any FAQs or Web documents that address this vital question, so here's mine. If you are reading a snapshot of this document offline, the current version lives at http://www.tuxedo.org/~esr/faqs/hacker-howto.html. The Jargon File contains a bunch of definitions of the term `hacker', most having to do with technical adeptness and a delight in solving problems and overcoming limits. If you want to know how to become a hacker, though, only two are really relevant. There is a community, a shared culture, of exper ...
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Strange Desings - 1,642 words
In the poem Design, by Robert Frost, the speaker tries to convey a message of some protruding evil that occurs in everyday life. The poem is designed to make the reader see different signs of small evils in our lives. Then the poet brings all the information about evil together to pose his master point, that there is an evil design that hangs in and is part of our everyday world. This evil deign is in everything we know, for it is a force of nature just like many other things. Just as every piece of matter is made up of atoms, our world and life are made up of parts of evil that sometimes manifest themselves for no reason accept that there is evil and that evil manifests itself during life. ...
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Meow - 2,149 words
"Ouch, je je I'm telling mamma!" I yelled in agony, rubbing the imprint her book left on my head. "No you're not, she won't believe you; I'm older," snickered my sister, and with that she ran up the crowded walkway; which in the morning hour, looked much like a stampede of bulls. As I walked toward school, I listened to the distinctive chatter of my fellow civilians, smelled the exhaust fume filled air and listened to the bells and whistles of another pristine day. This was Beijing, China on another busy workday, no time to talk, money is to be made, there is always somewhere to go and some place to be. It seems that this is the ideology of all Chinese; as I looked ahead, all I can see is a ...
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Physcohistory - 1,761 words
A solution for a society facing critical times. -------------------------------------------------- - Quite a few net diehards have been suffering from insomnia - trying to figure out, whether psychohistory can be applied, as a science, on bushmen in Africa ? Another crisis. At times it seems as problems, problems always face the poor defenceless humans. How nice it would be, just to push a bottom on a computer and be given the It was for this purpose Isaac Asimow invented the theory Often in the modern welfare state it seems as our lifes progresses like clockwork. That humans (under certain good circumstances) actually can control life and society. Certainly we know the Sun rises every ...
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Dolphins - 2,484 words
... irus that killed tens of thousands of seals in the north sea in the late 1980's, and later caused the deaths of hundreds of stripped dolphins in the Mediterranean. They did not find any. Nor was there any suggestion that the dolphins had suffered from a parasitic disease or pollution.(Bonner 6) This is how they came to the conclusion it had to be nets because the dolphins didnt die from any disease, but had marks on them. The scientists then put two and two together and they figured out it was the nets. This also tells them that the dolphins were basically murdered by fisherman just so they could get their fish. Thirty to thirty-eight of the dolphins examined had bad marks around the bea ...
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Dante Aligieries The Inferno - 1,821 words
My interest in the Divine Comedy was sparked in the art room in my Freshman year by a series of old Prints done on the "Inferno". Those prints have inspired me to drawings and prints of my own, and I saw this as an opportunity to get a real look at my inspiration. Dante Alighieri was born in Florence in 1265. Little is known about his early education, but scholars believe that he received formal instruction in grammar, language, and philosophy at one of the Franciscan schools in the city. In 1274 he was introduced to Beatrice; they met again nine years later, and Dante became profoundly in love with her beauty and grace. As a result of Beatrice's untimely death in 1290, Dante was inspired to ...
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The Unbearable Lightness Of Being A Comparison Of The Novel And The Movie - 1,379 words
The Unbearable Lightness of Being: A Comparison of the Novel and the Movie. The Novel and the movie differ in how they emphasize events that occur. Things that hold great value in the novel dont have much importance in the movie and vice versa. Milan Kundera wrote the novel, which was first published in 1984. The movie was the work of Philip Kaufman, the director, and Saul Zaentz, the producer. Together they did a very respectable job in representing the novel. The novel focused on three relationships that tell an interlocking story. The relationships are Tereza and Tomas, Tomas and Sabina, as well as Sabina and Franz. The main focus is Tomas. He is a man torn between his love for Tereza, hi ...
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Zabeth Lavenza In Frankenstein - 418 words
Humans tend to be influenced by the most prominent elements in their lives, such as people and the environment that they are living in. Therefore, when writing or developing a character, authors make sure to include an influential and inspirational element or person into their work of literature. Often this character helps develop the main character, and at times can even be held accountable for the main characters actions or well being. The above-mentioned type of character is eminently notable in the novel Frankenstein. In Mary Shelleys Frankenstein, the main character Victor Frankenstein, is greatly influenced by a woman named Elizabeth Lavenza. During the primary stages of the novel, Vic ...
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Scarlet Letter - Pearl As A Symbol - 644 words
Pearl is a symbol of Hesters transgressions and even has similar qualities as the sin which she represents. Pearls life and behavior directly reflects the unacceptable and abnormal nature of Hesters adulterous sin. Hester is plagued with more than just a letter A; she is given a child from her affair who is just as much a reminder of her sin as the scarlet letter. Ultimately Hester overcomes the shame associated the scarlet letter and creates a sense of family for herself and Pearl. This relationship is integral to the theme of this novel and the development of its characters. Pearls behavior could be described as abnormal, disrespectful, undignified, or altogether opposite of most Puritan c ...
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Luc Besson - 1,501 words
... morality is called into question and each character exercises an influence on the lives and fates of the others. The Big Blue Although distinctly different from "Subway", Besson once again takes us below the surface of society in more sense than one. The movie is gentler and different from his other movies because it is based on the true-life story of Jacques Moyal. Yet, it is stranger than his other movies, maybe because the viewer knows it to be a true story. Jacques is a misfit diver who is passionate about the sea and diving. He may be a misfit in society and uncomfortable with humans but when in the sea, he is free and feels one with the dolphins whom he believes are kindred spirit ...
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