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  • Ordinary People - 901 words
    There are many factors that contribute to strong relationships. Some of the key elements are communication, trust, and forgiveness. In Judith Guests novel, Ordinary People, there are several relationships where these elements are portrayed. They are illustrated either in a positive or negative manner, usually between several family members. One element that helps relationships become strong, and keeps people together is communication. Communication can hold a relationship tightly together, whereas a lack of communication can tear it apart. One example of good communication in a relationship is demonstrated between Dr. Berger and Conrad Jarrett. One of the only people that Conrad feels comfor ...
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  • Comparison Of Ordinary People To Errands By Guest - 1,481 words
    A native of Detroit, Michigan, Judith Guest graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in education. After teaching school for a few years, she worked briefly for a newspaper. Although she never had any formal training in writing, she gained fame in 1976 when her book Ordinary People became a best seller. Ordinary People was the first unsolicited manuscript which Viking Press accepted in twenty-seven years. Critics praised Guest's realistic portrayal of Conrad, but thought her portrayal of the parents was less impressive. The book was adapted into an award-winning film (Braginsky 171). Like Ordinary People Guest's second book, Second Heaven, was set in middle-class suburbia. Lik ...
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  • Comparison Of Ordinary People To Errands By Guest - 1,451 words
    ... lps him to realize that it isn't his fault that his brother died and he shouldn't feel guilty that he survived. This realization is a turning point in Conrad's emotional recovery. It helps him to understand his attempted suicide and get over the fear that his emotions will overwhelm him (Carlson 173). "Guests technique is to reveal information about Conrad and his parents, Calvin and Beth, in a piecemeal way....with twists and turns that come like the proverbial unexpected buckets of cold water" (Kitchen 173 ). The book might have been more probing if the problem rested between the three characters, but the problem has been created by the death of Conrad's older brother. The tragedy has ...
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  • Ordinary People Essay - 516 words
    Calvin is a successful lawyer with plenty of money and a beautiful wife to go along with it. He was orphaned as a young boy, and had only one person that was even close to a fatherly figure for him, a man named Arnold Bacon. Bacon was a lawyer and wanted Calvin to become one, too. Calvin had two sons, Buck and Conrad. Buck died in a boating accident when he was a senior in high school. Shortly after, Conrad tried to commit suicide. These tragic events threaten the stronghold of their family, and will test whether or not the love each other or not. In the beginning of the book Calvin thought he was supposed to earn a good living and have all of the material things in place, but he learns comm ...
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  • Relationships In Ordinary People - 892 words
    The relationship between the husband and wife seems initially to be perfect. They both show each other expressions of love. There is understanding, harmony, financial security, and good communication between them. The couple spends a lot of time together, discussing future plans, and talking about the good moments they had in the past. However, behind all of this positive interaction between the two of them is something they are both not able to face. The tragic loss of their son, Buck has caused a great amount of pain and anger they are not expressing. The wife lived in denial, trying to live the life of a perfect person unaffected by what had happened to her son Buck. A certain image had t ...
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  • Monet - 535 words
    The middle class family Claude Monet was born into was average in every way. The son that was born into that middle class family was not average, but will be remembered in the art world for many years. He drew cartoons for his family and friends, and would get as much as $60 apiece for them. He did hundreds of these and gave the money to his aunt to hold for him. The day Monet accompanied a local artist to paint and saw what painting could be, it was as though a veil had been lifted from his eyes. The local artist Boudin did a lot for forming Monets love of outdoor painting and painting ordinary people in ordinary cloths. Though he could not get a grant or money from his father Monet left to ...
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  • Robert Frost - 1,033 words
    Robert Frost was born on March 26, 1874 in San Francisco. His father was William Frost, a Harvard graduate who was on his way westward when he stopped to teach at Bucknell Academy in Pennsylvania for extra money. His mother, Isabelle Moodie began teaching math at Bucknell while William was there, and they got married and moved to San Francisco. They were constantly changing houses, and William went from job to job as a journalist. About a year after moving to San Francisco, they had Robert. They named him Robert Lee Frost, after William's childhood hero, Robert E. Lee. Frost's father died from tuberculosis at age thirty-four, in 1885. Isabelle took Robert and his sister back east to Massachu ...
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  • All Quiet On The Western Front Report - 5,431 words
    ... than it might otherwise have been. ^^^^^^^^^^ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT: FRAU (MRS.) BAUMER Paul's mother is a courageous woman who is dying of cancer. She is the most comforting person Paul finds at home. She alone does not pretend to understand what it is like at the front. Paul is in agony over her illness and is overwhelmed by the love she shows him by preparing his favorite foods and depriving herself in order to buy him fine underwear. ^^^^^^^^^^ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT: FRAU (MRS.) KEMMERICH Unlike Paul's quiet mother, Franz Kemmerich's mother tends to weep and wail. She had unreasonably expected Paul to watch out for her son, Franz, and blames him for surviving while F ...
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  • 1984 Sexuality And The Search For Truth - 1,524 words
    Sexuality and the Search For Truth in Orwells Nineteen Eighty-Four The question of the existence of human nature has been a popular topic in modern literary works. Authors such as Shelly and Freud seem to agree that there is such a thing, however, they disagree on its attributes. Orwell also believes that human nature does exist but he takes it a step further than simply acknowledging its existence. Rather, in 1984 he uses such themes as truth and sexuality to enhance the attributes of human nature. There characteristics, Orwell believes, are insuppressible. Orwell believes that it is innate for humankind to be sexual beings, and to be in pursuit of truth. In the course of 1984, these themes ...
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  • Me And Punishment - 623 words
    A very brief background of Crime and Punishment is in order before I begin my discourse. The novel was written in the late 1860's. The main characters are lower middle class, on the brink of poverty, and most show the Russian affection for drink. A young, schooled Russian idealist named Rodion Raskolnikov has been expelled from university and is broke. He contemplates committing the perfect crime to alleviate him from his current downtrodden status. His 'perfect' crime is to rob and murder the local pawnbroker at a time when he knows she will be alone in the shop. He does not consider his act a crime for two main reasons. One, the woman he plans to kill is good for nothing anyway, and does n ...
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  • Hacking - 511 words
    Recently, the word ``hacker'' has fallen into disrepute, coming to signify in the popular media the perpetrators of various forms of computer-aided crime. But most of the people who call themselves hackers, who have proudly borne that title since the 1950's, are not criminals--in fact many are among the intellectual and entrepreneurial elite of their generations. The word ``hacker'' and the culture it connotes is too rich to sacrifice on the altar of the evening news. Bob Bickford, computer and video guru, defined the true essence of the hacker as ``Any person who derives joy from discovering ways to circumvent limitations.'' Indeed.... Well, what better limitations to circumvent than ones y ...
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  • Government Censorship - 2,219 words
    Thesis: Government Censorship would damage the atmosphere of the freedom to express ideas on the Internet; therefore, government should not encourage censorship. I. In the Internet community, there is a large volume of technical terms. For this reason, it is first necessary to examine the terminology specific to Internet. 1.The internet is a world wide computer network. 1.Electronic mail (email), which is one component of the Internet, approximates person to person letters, memoranda, notes and even phone calls. 2.Another term that is often used is electronic news (enews/Usenet), enews is a broadcast, free to the Internet medium. 3.The term FTP is also frequently used. File transfer protocol ...
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  • The Tragic Hero In Antigone - 1,422 words
    The Tragic Hero in the Play Antigone Antigone, which was written by Sophocles, is possibly the first written play that still exists today (www.imagi 1). There is much controversy between who the tragic hero is in the play. Some people say Antigone, some say Creon, others even say Heamon. I believe Creon displays all of the characteristics of a tragic hero. He receives compassion through the audience, yet recognizes his weaknesses, and his downfalls from his own self-pride, stubbornness, and controlling demands. He is the true protagonist. Though the audience notices how villainous Creon is, they still express sympathy towards him. They realize that he has brought all of his problems on himse ...
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  • Looseness In Ondaatje - 1,229 words
    "Let me now re-emphasise the extreme looseness of the structure of all objects" How Ondaatje makes use of "loosness" in the novel. In In The Skin Of A Lion by Michael Ondaatje, the extreme looseness of the structure of all objects is carried into the themes, characters and into the nature of the novel itself. Ondaatje uses a looseness in the style of the novel - post modernism, and looseness of structure in the way that people are able to stretch and expand their boundaries: transform or mask themselves into someone not typical of their social group. This novel was written in the late 1980s and is classified as a post-modern work. Essentially, In The Skin Of A Lion has many traits of a post- ...
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  • Auroras - 887 words
    In certain polar regions of the earth, a rare and fascinating phenomenon occurs in the dark season of winter. This phenomenon is called the Northern Lights, or auroras. In areas where auroras can be seen, the sun shines brightly for six months and then disappears for the next six. The sun follows a straight path across the sky, rising in the north and setting in the south. This is because of the latitude of these regions. Unlike other regions of earth, the polar regions either completely face the sun or don't face it at all. During the first six months of the long, endless nights of dark winter, auroras are frequently seen, almost every night, in fact. During the rest of the year, the summer ...
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  • Who Is Jane In The Yellow Wallpaper - 1,569 words
    There are many opposing opinions on the identity of Jane in Charlotte Perkins Gilmans short story, The Yellow Wallpaper. The narrator of the story is never referred to by name throughout the entire work, however a questionable statement made by the narrator at the end of the story leads many to believe her name is Jane. Because the story does not specifically profess the narrator to be Jane, controversy has risen about Janes identity. There are many reasons to believe the narrator to be Jane and reject the assumption of a mere typo. A common misconception of the identity of Jane is that she is actually Jennie, the sister-in-law and housekeeper. In Johnsons study, he refers to Johns like-name ...
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  • Sanctioned Murder - 1,055 words
    Old Sparky and Gruesome Gertie (affectionate names for the electric chair) have taken the lives of many, even the innocent (Finnerty 18). They are prejudiced and lack compassion. However, many Americans believe that they represent justice. Capital punishment does not represent justice, but vengeance and hate. Among the 7,000 people estimated to have been killed in the United States between 1900 and 1985, at least 23 were innocent (Finnerty 18). In at least 8 of 261 executions performed since 1976, something went wrong; for example, the executioner couldn't find a good vein, or the first jolt of electricity failed to do the trick (Finnerty 18). An innocent person, let alone 23 that were wrong ...
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  • Scarlet Letter Paper - 943 words
    In the novel, The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, what appears to be Hester Prynnes tragedy becomes the Reverend Arthur Dimmesdales suffering and depression, despite the letter "A" boldly present on her chest. Revered Dimmesdales affair with Hester Prynne continuously troubles his conscience; seeing that no other person feels as guilty, the minister is the most tragic character in the novel. At the time when this novel takes place, not only ministers, but ordinary people of the town took religion very serious. With great displeasure, Hester Prynne takes her punishment of being shunned from the people of her society, and by covering it up and secreting her sin, Pearls significant contr ...
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  • Comparing Teenager - 974 words
    It has been proven that the environment that one grows up with will affect that person's life forever. People, especially, help to mold the life of another person. The novels Ordinary People, by Judith Guest, and The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger, explore periods of time in the lives of two teenage boys who are both changing because of the people around them. Ordinary People looks into the life of Conrad Jarret, a seventeen year old boy who lives with his mother and father. The Catcher in the Rye deals with Holden Caulfield, a seventeen year old boy who is returning home from school to his parents and younger sister. These two characters have similar and different situations with whic ...
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  • The Wife Of Bath - 2,965 words
    The reformation or rehabilitation of a man can change from bad to good, as in " The Wife of Bath." Through out the story the knight changes from bad when he first meets his wife until he changes into good when he lets her choice what she wants to be. As the story begins, the knight rapes a young lady and in doing so is sentenced to die or life in jail. But in order to let him live, the Queen tells him that he has one year to find what women desire the most and if he finds out he can have his life back. In trying to accomplish this task, many women tell him many different things that they want most. When he comes to an old lady she promises to tell him what women want most as long as he does ...
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