Critical Analysis Of Eve Merriam's Onomatopoeia - 519 words
Onomatopoeia by Eve Merriam allows the reader to enter a world of reality by expressing sounds with the use of vivid words along with graphic imagery. The poem makes the reader invision an old, leaky faucet, dripping droplets of water. It continues to drip one after another, smacking the bottom of a metal sink. Suddenly, after anxiously waiting, the water begins to pour out in full force and flows freely. Onomatopoeia contains several different themes. First, A healthy dose of reality is needed for fun (Ruby 136). Absurdity is a very important concept in this poem. It helps brighten up the reading instead of it being dull. The poem is absurd because it goes into full detail to just describe ...
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Equality To All - 2,176 words
The question has been raised: who is in control of curriculum in our school? Not just the choosing of the precise books, but who is in charge of the contents of the books that curriculum directors can choose from? Once the answers to these questions are found, what should be done if they point to one group? So many problems in the United States have arisen when the people discover that one group is violating the peoples rights in some way by not allowing others power, that it would be logical to conclude that it would be perceived by many to be unfair if it is found that one interest group chooses what all American children learn, especially if that interest group is furthering their own int ...
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Symbolism In The Scarlet Letter - 929 words
By definition, a symbol is something concrete that represents or suggests another thing that cannot in itself be pictured. Nathaniel Hawthorne uses many people as symbols throughout The Scarlet Letter. The characters of Hester Prynne, Arthur Dimmesdale, Pearl, and Roger Chillingworth all represent sin. However, these four symbolize different aspects of sin. Through the character of Hester Prynne, Hawthorne shows how sin can make a person stronger. When Hester commits adultery, the Puritan punishment forces her to wear a scarlet letter so the whole community knows of her wrongdoing. Hester has enough courage to wear the letter in public, even though she has to live with harassing comments and ...
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Shrinking Buying Power Of The Middle Class - 1,654 words
The Shrinking Buying Power of the Middle Class According to the Merriam-Websters Online Dictionary, the middle class is a class occupying a position between the upper class and the lower class; especially: a fluid heterogeneous socioeconomic grouping composed principally of business and professional people, bureaucrats, and some farmers and skilled workers sharing common social characteristics and values (Merriam-Webster). In the United States, their family incomes would generally range from $25,000 to about $99,999 and the median is about $45,000 per year (Census). Nowadays, the middle class workers are less likely to work in manufacturing companies, although there were many of them in fact ...
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Whats Love Got To Do With It - 804 words
My life is terrible. Every time I fall for someone, I get hurt. I just dont understand what I am doing wrong. I do everything I can possibly think of. With my last girlfriend, Susan, I bought here flowers, candy, dinner, expensive jewelry, I take her to movies - my treat, I write her love poems from my heart, letters when Im not with her, I sing to her, I play slow songs for her, and I spend every waking moment with her. All I got in return was a letter saying that we were not meant to be. What I did, isnt that what someone who is in love is suppose to do for the other person? Why doesnt she love me back? Is this love? The New Merriam-Websters Dictionary describes love as strong affection or ...
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The Crucible - 784 words
A crucible, as defined by the Merriam-Webester Concise Electronic Dictionary, is the state or fact of being tested (as by suffering), which attests to what Elizabeth Proctor is going through exactly. Elizabeth has quite a crucible to struggle through. The infidelity of her husband is a major element in her being. Her struggle includes staying true to both her husband and her God. Another is the persecution by Abigail Warren, a former employee and assistant. Elizabeth also has to suffer through the decision to reveal the unfaithfulness of John or to remain strong in her love of him. All of this is too much for Elizabeth and the burden is very heavy. Elizabeths husband, John, is a religious ma ...
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The Logistics Of A Lesson - 1,195 words
Parable: A short allegorical story designed to convey some truth, religious principle, or moral lesson (Merriam Websters Collegiate Dictionary, Tenth Edition). An author will often make a statement advising the audience to read in a manner suited for a parable to ensure the lesson is not overlooked. Hawthorne does this in The Ministers Black Veil by deeming his story A Parable in the subtitle. Poe states in his Philosophy of Composition that he writes tales with an under-current (Poe, p.491) or lesson, one such story this applies to is The Masque of the Red Death. Without these reading instructions, the embedded parable is easily overlooked. Common archetypal symbols are found in parables th ...
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The Short Story - 970 words
A short story is, by definition an invented prose narrative shorter than a novel usually dealing with a few characters and aiming at unity of effect and often concentrating on the creation of mood rather than plot (Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary). Short stories contain certain elements, which consist of the following: plot, characters, theme and setting (Axelrod and Cooper The St. Martins guide to writing 383). In addition, the Short story is told from a specific point of view. All the elements of a short story are used in a specific way in order to comment on a part of our lives as members in a collective society. In order to have a story there must be a series of circumstances kno ...
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Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1,221 words
Perfectionism, as defined in the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary, is the "quality or state of being saintly and perfect as a freedom from fault or defect, as well as an exemplification of supreme excellence and an unsurpassable degree of accuracy. There are many times in a person's life when they must gain perfection in order to be complete. Ralph Waldo Emerson explains his perfection of soul in his famous essay "Self-Reliance". Emerson was born in 1803 in Massachusetts. He graduated and became a minister. "Emerson left his pastorate because of doctrinal disputes with his superiors".(www2.lucidcafe.com) He decided to take a year and a half off and travel to Europe. While in Europe, he ...
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Hamlet Nothing Matters - 636 words
Do we matter? Will anything we do endure? These are questions from existentialism. The dictionary defines existentialism as the plight of the individual who must assume ultimate responsibility for his acts of free will without any certain knowledge of what is right or wrong or good or bad (Merriam Webster). In the play Hamlet by William Shakespeare, Hamlet struggles with the concept that nothing from our lives last and time grinds everything away. Hamlets major conflict was his existentialist view of the world. Does a prince of Denmark have any worth if Alexander died, Alexander was buried, Alexander returneth into dust; the dust is earth; of earth we make loam; and why of that loam, whereto ...
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The Flag Amendment - 1,080 words
Burning an American flag has often been a source for debate and it has been proposed to make the practice illegal through an amendment. In order for this Flag Amendment to be considered, according to the U.S. Constitution, it must be proposed by two-thirds vote of each house of Congress or by the national convention called by Congress at the request of two-thirds of the state. To become part of the Constitution, the amendment must be ratified by the legislatures of three-fourths of the states or by the conventions in three-fourths of the states. The framers of the Constitution purposely made it hard to put through an amendment for certain rational reasons. After reading several current issue ...
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Transvestitism - 1,013 words
... ct and understanding. Despite the possibility of losing ones spouse as a result of sharing this lifestyle, there are several cases, as in Dr. Rudds, where spouses not only accept cross-dressing and the associated behavior, but claim the relationship with the husband has grown more strong and connected upon learning of it. They believe the man can more relate with their feelings, and enjoy the feminine traits that may come about, such as compassion, tenderness and nurturing, often not expressed by men. Once the barrier of his secret life is lifted, a more open and honest relationship ensues. Some women not only accept crossdressing and the associated behavior but also seek out males havin ...
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Lovehate Comparison - 877 words
Growing up, I had a best friend named Susie. We shared everything. She knew my every thought, dream and fear. I always saved her a seat on the bus. When we became teenagers we double dated. We were each other's counselor, confidant, and sometimes even a shoulder to cry on. I loved her very much and could not imagine not being her friend, until she betrayed me. I discovered that she had been seeing my boyfriend behind my back. After learning of her deceit I hated her so much that just the sight of her literally turned my stomach. Often it is difficult to distinguish if the actions of others originate from love or hate. There are many variables in deciding whether someone acted out of love or ...
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Sex And You Mum - 704 words
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Minimum Wage - 1,784 words
Minimum wage is the lowest rate employees may legally pay for an hour of labor (Merriam, 741). The United States has a minimum wage law to guarantee minimum hourly wages and to prevent the exploitation of workers and provide unskilled and part-time workers with a wage floor. People have argues that the minimum wage has become less of a safety net for primary earners in poor families than a floor for the wages of teenagers and other secondary earners from higher-income families. In 1933, there were a long series of Conferences on the Minimum Wage, established by the Department of Labor. There were many minimum wage administrators and representatives of organizations with an interest in these ...
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Existentialism - 1,564 words
Websters Collegiate Dictionary defines existentialism as a chiefly 20th century philosophical movement embracing diverse doctrines but centering on analysis of individual existence in an unfathomable universe and the plight of the individual who must assume ultimate responsibility for his acts of free will without any certain knowledge of what is right or wrong or good or bad (407). Without question existentialism is extremely complicated and almost incomprehensible. However Katharena Eiermann defines existentialism in a more understandable manner. She says that existentialism has one major theme: a stress of individual existence and, consequently, on subjectivity, individual freedom, and ch ...
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Martin Luther - 688 words
Martin Luther King Jr. and Affirmative Action According to the Merriam-Webster New World Dictionary, Affirmative Action is defined as an active effort to improve the employment or educational opportunities of members of minority groups or women. To put that definition in English, it means a program designed to help either minorities or women achieve equal rights, as with the rest of the population. In this case, the minorities are being discussed, or to be less broad, the African Americans. "I have a dream today." This is a famous quote by one of histories most famous and influential civil rights activists of all time, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Being a civil rights activist, Dr. King wanted ...
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Role Reversal Of Genders - 1,406 words
Today, there is a trend towards people spending more leisure time watching TV, listening to the radio, or reading newspapers and magazines. Shows on television and articles in the newspapers influence our decision-making process, shaping our perceptions of the world. The fact that we are better informed and in touch with the latest news, we should be aware that accepting this enormous flow of information and allowing it to shape our mind could be dangerous. The TVs infiltrate our lives, guiding us towards what are we are supposed to wear, how we look and act. Children, because of the lack of mature judging values, are more susceptible to the influence of the television. They tend to accept e ...
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Crude Oil Report - 2,189 words
The Statistics and History of Crude Oil 4 The Statistics and History of Crude Oil A mixture of comparatively volatile liquid hydrocarbons (compounds composed mainly of hydrogen and carbon with some nitrogen, sulfur, and oxygen) that occurs in the Earth's crust and is extracted for use as fuel and various petroleum products, what is this? Crude oil. Because crude oil is a mixture of widely varying constituents and proportions, its physical properties also vary widely. Crude oil is first pumped up from the ground in it's simplest form. Later, crude oil is transported by pipeline, train, tanker truck, barge, or ocean tanker to oil refineries where it is later sold to factories, gas stations, an ...
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The Effect Of Technology On English - 1,220 words
Technology has always had a hand in the shaping of languages. From the time cavemen formed tools to draw pictures to the internet age, technology has changed the way we write and speak. With the spread of the internet age we have seen many changes in English in the last few years. The English language will continue to evolve and spread with our increased dependence on these new technologies. The December 31, 1999 issue of the Economist wrote The birth of the computer and its American operating systems gave English a nudge ahead ; that of the internet has given it a huge push(p85). With America being the leader in computer and internet technology, English speaking people have reaped the benef ...
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