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  • Jack London - 539 words
    John (Jack) Griffith London (1876-1916) was born in San Francisco, California. His mother, Flora Wellman, came from a wealthy family. As an infant, Virginia Prentiss, a major mother figure, raised Jack in Jacks childhood, an ex-slave. She was obligated to care for Jack because Jacks mother was ill. In his teenage years, Jack worked very hard jobs he served on a fish patrol catching poachers; he pirated oysters on the San Francisco Bay; he sailed the Pacific Ocean on a sealing ship; and he joined Kellys Army of Unemployed Working Men. London also traveled around the country, not returning to high school until the age of 19. During these years Jack was often reading the different writings of ...
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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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  • The Tower Of London - 1,596 words
    The Tower of London has been many things over the years such as a fortress, a state prison, a zoo, an armory, repository for the crown jewels, a home for Tudor monarchs, and today a museum. Inside the tower walls has been the last sight for many of its prisoners. Although there were some prisoners that have escaped the tower walls and fled to neighboring countries. William the Conqueror invaded England in 1066 defeating Harold II. Duke William of Normandy built on to the existing castle in 1078. He then ordered the construction of what is now called the White Tower. It is said to have been completed in 1097. It is called the White tower ever since Henry VIII had it whitewashed. The Tower is ...
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  • A Study Of Jack London - 617 words
    A Study of Jack London's Belief in Darwinism Jack London has a strong belief in Darwinism, survival of the fittest, during the late 1800's through the early 1900's, when he wrote. Throughout his writings, many characters display London's belief in Darwinism. In the novel, The Call of the Wild, Jack London's belief in social darwinism is portrayed by animals interacting with humans, each other, and the environment. This can be shown through Buck, a house dog turned sled dog, interacting with his masters, other dogs, and the Yukon wilderness. As Buck travels from master to master throughout the course of the novel he learns, through trial and error, what behavior brings rewards, and that which ...
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  • Jack London - 644 words
    Jack London was a jailbird. A hobo. A sailor, seal hunter, pirate, gold-miner, laundered, yachtsman, and coal shoveler. He was a drinker, a brawler, and a heavy smoker. He was a husband (twice) and a father (twice). He was a socialist candidate for mayor of Oakland, California. He was a rancher. A world-traveler. A voracious reader. A loyal correspondent whose collected letters fill three large volumes. A lecturer whose fiery speeches ignited controversy where ever he went. A journalist who covered wars and sporting events and natural catastrophes. He was an author of fifty books dealing with subjects as varied as sailing, boxing, out-of-body experiences, dogs, ranching, and Hawaii. He wrote ...
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  • Eudora Welty And Jack London - 1,745 words
    There is a silent shadow which seems to mirror a gaunt, dark, figure who prowls the busy airports, silent streets, and even the cozy homes. There is no escaping this man, the destroyer. No walls are thick enough to shut him out, no mountain high enough to evade his wrath. He is death... he is predetermined... he is unpredictable...to some he is simply fascinating. The wish to live, the inability to believe in ones own menacing death, the universal human faith in ones own immunity to death- all these are factors which contribute to the sweeping popularity of Jack London and Eudora Weltys work. People are intrigued by death because it can not be explained. Yet, London and Welty have comforted ...
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  • Eudora Welty And Jack London - 1,695 words
    ... es a game to see who can kill first. It is inevitable that someone must die in order to ratify his own life. London emphasizes the theme of honor in death. The only honorable thing to do was to kill and be killed in The Death of a Legion. Had the blood bath not ended with Legion being dead, then he would have been a disgrace to his tribe. In Clytie, Welty depicts the mentally disturbed womens death as an ultimatum to the horrible life she was forced to partake of. There was no honor in her death. However there was no honor in her life either. Jack London and Eudora Welty have written these brilliant works to motivate some emotion within their readers. Welty characteristically tries to in ...
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  • Jacl London - 478 words
    Jack London was a prolific writer; over the period from 1899 until his death in 1916, he wrote 50 books and over 1,000 articles. Though he was made most famous by his stories of the Klondike, he wrote on subjects ranging from boxing to romance, from survival in the Arctic to labour strife in Australia. He led a harsh, erratic life; born illegitimate, raised as a poor "work beast", constantly questing after every adventure and all the knowledge the world might offer, he died young as a result. Jack London, whose life symbolized the power of will as the most successful writer in America in the early 20th Century. His vigorous stories of men and animals against the environment, and survival aga ...
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  • Ckens, Thurber, Andersen, London And Perseus - 885 words
    As far back as I can remember, my mind has always thought and learned by association. My brain fancifully connects things like computer terminals and bus terminals, Indian reservations with plane ticket confirmations, and carpetbaggers with rug stealers. Dont ask me why, but I think I get bored with ordinary human communications and then lapse into my imaginary fantasy association world, finding it much more fascinating than the nightly news, soap operas and talking head yakety-yak cable tabloid shows. Because my cerebrum delights in working by making bizarre associations, whenever my mind thinks of Charles Dickens, the great English author is filed and classified in a mental cabinet along w ...
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  • London Assembly - 1,451 words
    How the Greater London Authority (GLA) works The Greater London Authority is a new and unique form of strategic regional government for London. It is made up of the directly elected Mayor of London and a separately elected Assembly. The Mayor of London Ken Livingstone was elected Mayor of London on 4 May 2000. His aim is that London should be a leading world city, in terms of sustainability, prosperity and diversity. To make this happen, the Mayor has set as his priorities to rebuild London's failing transport system, to ensure that London has the number and quality of police officers it needs to reduce crime and the fear of crime throughout Greater London, and to celebrate London's diversit ...
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  • London - 599 words
    In London, William Blake portrays a very dark and abysmal picture of London. Throughout the whole poem, Blake never mentions a positive scene. The poem seems to deal with the lower class part of society, the part which lives in the poor neighborhoods. The first stanza begins with the speaker wandering around London. Throughout the poem, Blake repeats a word which he used in one line, in the next line. An example of this can be seen in the first two lines. He uses the word chartered in the first line without any deep meaning to it, but the use of the word charted in the next line shows that the Thames was set up so that somehow people control where it flows. In the next few lines, the speaker ...
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  • London - Poetry Analysis - 398 words
    In this poem, Blake is trying to dispel the myth of grandeur and glory associated with London and to show the 'real' people of London and how they felt. London was seen and portrayed as a powerful and wonderful city where the wealthy lived and socialised. However, Blake knew that London was really a dirty, depressing and poverty-stricken city filled with slums and the homeless and chronically sick. To reveal the truth, Blake combines description of people and places with the thoughts and emotions of the people. For example, the second stanza says: "In every cry of every Man, In every Infants cry of fear, In every voice: in every ban, The mind forg'd manacles I hear" Blake combines the desc ...
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  • London Docklands - 1,711 words
    ter> "Evaluate the success of the economic, social and physical regeneration of The London Docklands." In Medieval times development occurred on the Thames, where Romans had once settled. Growth of shipbuilding industry led to the development of this area. The London Docks were built between 1700 and 1921. The reason was to ease congestion on the Thames between ships, and the lock gates helped to control the water level in the river. Security was also improved within the docks because of the high walls around the dock basins. The Eastend of London developed around the Docks. At the docks hay day London was at the centre of world trade. However in 1967 the docks started to decline, a number ...
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  • Nature Vs Nurture In Call Of The Wild By Jack London - 1,374 words
    Nature and Nurture "Call of the wild", written by Jack London, is one of his famous short novels that is known for all. It is a story about a dog, Buck. Buck is a domestic dog living in the sun-kissed Santa Clara valley. He is living a good life and taken care of by his master. But life is not always a picnic. When it is the end of 19th century, there comes the gold rush. Big dogs are tremendously wanted for exploring in the North. For Buck, his cozy and happy life comes to an end as he is secretly sold to Alaska by one of gardeners without anybody's notice. There, he undergoes a series of the most tough things he has ever experienced. In order to survive, Buck forces himself to learn quickl ...
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  • History Of Elizabethan Theatre In London - 1,011 words
    During Shakespeares time London had a great political and economic importance with a large population. Up to this moment the royal Court was seated at Westminster, with its diplomatic life and administrative decision-making. But London was also one of the main centres of English intellectual life. London was a major centre for inland and overseas trade. Both of them expanded during the Elizabethan time. It became the Establishment of the Stock Exchange. The rich merchants supported the expeditions of the pioneers and adventurers. They sailed unknown seas and explored distant countries to open up new markets for England. Many other kinds of workers also worked in the inner city. Every social ...
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  • Comparison Of Composed Upon West Minster Bridge And London - 1,007 words
    In major cities across the world, glamour, money, prestige and opportunity flourish. However, in many of these cities, this is only the lining which hides away the other side of the city. The two poems are West Minster Bridge by William Wordsworth, and London, by William Blake. These are two poems a are about the capital city of England, London. It shows the appearance in one, and the reality in the other. London shows the pain and the plight of the common man, whereas Composed upon West Minster Bridge, displays how the rich thrive and prosper, by creating a smoke screen to hide themselves from this poverty. The first poem is some one who is visiting London for the first time, and has lived ...
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  • Nature And Ignorance In "to Build A Fire" By Jack London - 1,473 words
    It is human nature to think wisely and act foolishly Anatole France Nature is full of hidden menaces. It is always dangerous to underestimate the significance of its power. Nature can give people a lot of pleasure, but also many troubles. If people do not respect its laws or do not have special knowledge and experience they can find themselves in a danger. People should know that very often their carelessness and self-assurance could lead to terrible consequences and even to death. A bright example of such carelessness was showed us by Jack London in his great novel To build a fire. This story is about a man who tried to survive in the extreme cold of an Alaskan winter, when the temperature ...
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  • William Blakes London - 963 words
    It condemns authoritative institutions including the military, royalty, new industries, and the Church. Blake's tone creates a feeling of informative bitterness, and is both angry and despondent at the suffering and increasing corruption of London's society. Blake's sophisticated use of notation like capitalization, his specific change in meter, and the point of view all clearly develop London. The point of view in which Blake employs to London is significant to the understanding of the poem. Blake chooses to give the poem a persona, a person who appears to have extensive knowledge of the city and helps give credibility to the poem. (Foster, 1924) The use of first person in all three stanzas ...
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  • The Call Of Jack London - 1,084 words
    During a time when man had gold fever, and philosophical views plagued the minds of many, one man took these views and turned them into great outdoor adventures. John "Jack" Griffith London, a twentieth century author, wrote The Call of the Wild, other novels, and short stories that depict the philosophical views of the time and added adventure to them by using his own life experiences that carried thousands of men including himself to the Klondike in search of gold. In Winter 1876 San Francisco John and Flora London shared the joy of childbirth in the celebration of their only child together. They named the baby boy John Griffith London, or Jack for short. He became the twelfth child of his ...
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  • The Call Of Jack London - 1,104 words
    ... ten to death by the sled driver. He was a character that Buck admired and the first character that he considered friend. The setting of the story takes place in multiple environments. The story begins on a plantation where Buck was a pampered member of the Miller family in California. The story then changes scenery along with the relocation of Buck. There is a scene in a baggage car on a train, and a scene on a ship where Buck begins to learn the valuable lessons needed for survival in the wild. The rest of the story takes place along the Yukon where Buck worked as a sled dog, and where he calls home as a wild savage when his sled career is over. The theme of Jack London's The Call of th ...
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